Committee seeks input from local constituents at Nov. 20 meeting
By Kevin Werner
METROLAND WEST MEDIA GROUP
The Federal Boundaries Elections Commission of Ontario has proposed new electoral districts for Hamilton after a public outcry against the original re-drawing of the area’s electoral map.
Instead of creating a stand alone riding of Ancaster and another riding, Glanbrook-Waterdown, which would include most of Hamilton’s rural areas, the commission is proposing five new ridings.
The commission chair, Justice George Valin said many of the people, who appeared at two public meetings held in Hamilton last month, said the proposed boundary districts had ‘no community interests’ with each other, particularly between Ancaster and Hamilton Mountain, and Hamilton Centre.
The proposed new ridings are Ancaster-Flamborough-Glanbrook, which would take in primarily the rural areas of the city, including Ancaster, and the urban areas south of Rymal Road; Hamilton West-Dundas, which would contain the former Town of Dundas, and the area north of the Niagara Escarpment, and west of Wentworth; Hamilton East, including west of Wentworth Street, north of the Niagara Escarpment, west of Grays Road to Highway 8, and west of Centennial Parkway; Hamilton Mountain West, including south of the Niagara Escarpment, west of Upper Gage to the Lincoln Alexander Parkway, and west of Upper Sherman and the Niagara Escarpment; and Stoney Creek-Mountain East, including east of Grays Road to Highway 8, east of Centennial Parkway, and west of the east boundary of the city of Hamilton.
A new public meeting will be held Nov. 20 at the Courtyard Marriott, at 1224 Upper James St. starting at 2 p.m.
Written submissions can be e-mailed, or people can call 1-855-747-7224 to voice their opinion on the proposal.